Emma Hogg, January 25, 2021
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Analysis from the Centers for Disease Control released over the weekend showed just four percent of Missourians have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, putting the Show Me State 50th in the country in terms of distribution. The situation isn't much better in Illinois, where just 4.4 percent of the state has received their first shot, which is 45th in the U.S..
Health officials are concerned it will be difficult to improve those numbers if some of the most vulnerable in the region don't have the means to get a vaccine. In an effort to improve access to those most at-risk, a team of about 12 people are working to inform and educate residents in under-served areas; focusing their efforts in north St. Louis County.
Like many seniors, 72-year-old Paula Goerss said she's only left home for church or the grocery store. The north county resident said she's pre-registered on the St. Louis County Health Department's website to get the vaccine, but like millions of other Missourians, she's at the mercy of supply and demand.